Gatwick Airport Second Runway Consultation

The Airports Commission is currently consulting on the options for increasing airport capacity in the South East, including the option to create a second runway at Gatwick.  The details of this consultation can be found at   The deadline for responses is 3 February 2015.   Balcombe Parish Council, along with many other local parishes, was represented at a meeting at Mid Sussex District Council on 7 January where information was pooled to feed into the MSDC response to the plans for a second runway.    A press release from MSDC can be seen by clicking here.

MSDC Press Release 30 Jan 15

The full document can be viewed by clicking here.

MSDC Response Jan 15

Balcombe Parish Councillors are currently considering whether they support or oppose the MSDC position on the second runway proposals at Gatwick.

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Reporting Anti-Social Driving

Operation Crackdown is the online reporting tool for members of the public to report incidents of anti social driving.  The link is  There is also a new link which allows people to see what anti social driving is being reported in their areas.  The link for that is



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Free Health Care Checks

Free NHS health checks for residents

The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team has organised NHS health checks in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.

NHS health checks can help people get on the right path to a healthy future by spotting any potential health problems at an early stage.  The free NHS health checks are run by trained health professionals and take just 20-30 minutes. Appointments are available to people aged between 40 and 74 years old as long as they are not on medication for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol or kidney disease.

Everybody who takes part will receive a blood pressure check, a cholesterol measurement, and will have their BMI (Body Mass Index) calculated by measuring height and weight. After the health check there will be an opportunity to discuss the results with a trained Wellbeing Advisor, who will provide personalised advice on how to lower the risk of future problems and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Appointments for the NHS health checks are available now and must be booked in advance. Sessions will be held on Thursday 8th January in Haywards Heath, Tuesday 17th February in East Grinstead and Monday 9th March in Burgess Hill. For more information or to book an appointment for a free health check call the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team on 01444 477191 or email.

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Kemps Footbridge Now Open

As from noon Friday 19 December the Kemps Footbridge over the railway is now open.

There is still some tidying up outstanding but this does not affect the use of the bridge or pose any risk to bridge users; this work will be completed early in January 2015.  There will be an official opening taking place at some stage in the New Year, when we have the details we will pass them on.

Happy walking!

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Judicial Review Decision

Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association (FFBRA) challenged the WSCC planning approval allowing Cuadrilla to Flow Test the well at Lower Stumble via Judicial Review. The hearing took place 6/7 November and last week the decision was made known. FFBRA’s claim for Judicial Review was dismissed and the Judge ruled with WSCC.

Cuadrilla have informed Balcombe Parish Council that they have no immediate plans for Balcombe.

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Thameslink Timetables from January 2015

Please click on the link below to see the proposed Thameslink timetables from January 2015

Thameslink timetables Jan 15


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Mid Sussex District Plan

District Plan goes out for public consultation

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging residents to help shape the future of Mid Sussex by giving their views on the draft District Plan.   

Public consultation, starts on Friday 21 November and runs until Friday 16 January 2015. The purpose of the draft District Plan is to set out in broad terms what, where, when and how development will take place in Mid Sussex over the next 17 years. It has been prepared with the help of Town and Parish Councils in Mid Sussex to make sure it reflects the views of local communities.

Do have your say.   Click on the link below




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High Speed Broadband

WSCC Better Connected Oct 14

Please click on the link to see the latest information on High Speed Broadband from the West Sussex Better Connected project.


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STOP sign at Threads

Two or three years ago Balcombe Parish Council spent a great deal of time and effort seeking to have the Give Way sign replaced by a STOP sign.  WSCC’s initial view was that it didn’t meet the relevant criteria, but after a meeting on site it agreed to submit an application to the Secretary of State for permission to over-ride the relevant criteria, and this was done.  The Secretary of State rejected the application on the grounds that there was no evidence of a sufficient number of fatal or serious accidents at the crossroads.   Please see correspondence below (click on the links):-

TRO Request (Stop Sign)

STOP Sign Reply

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Kemps Farm Railway Crossing

Balcombe Parish Council recently met with representatives from Network Rail and Kier, the contractor working on the new Footbridge across the railway at Kemps Farm.   The work has started but much of it has to be done at the weekend when the line is closed.    Mid November offers the next available window and they are working to finish the bridge then.   Should it overrun then mid January is the next available closure date.    Click on the link below to see a plan of the proposed bridge.  Kier have made every attempt to make sure that they are not compounding the Newlands parking issue by parking off road behind the houses, using the railway to being materials to the site and where this is impossible asking lorries to enter via Oldlands.

Footbridge Kemps


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